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Eyewitness (1981)

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Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Daryll Deever
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Tony Sokolow
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Joseph
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Aldo Mercer
Irene Worth ...
Mrs. Sokolow
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Mr. Deever
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Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ...
Mr. Sokolow
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Lieutenant Jacobs
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Lieutenant Black
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Mrs. Eunice Deever
Sharon Chatten ...
Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
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Mr. Long, International Trading Ltd. / Murder Victim
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Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto ...
Vietnamese Man #1
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Storyline

Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Only the best murder cases make the six o'clock news. See more »


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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to director Peter Yates, the script for the film was a hybrid of two screenplays that Steve Tesich had written and had gotten nowhere with either one. It was Yates who suggested that he combine the two scripts, Tesich originally balked at the idea, but finally gave in and this script was formed. Yates also said Tesich had trouble coming up with unusual plot twists because he cares more about character than plot when he writes. See more »

Goofs

There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jacobs: When he was a kid, Aldo must have wanted to be a suspect when he grew up.
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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slow but effective
15 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is great fun to see William Hurt, James Woods and Sigourney Weaver at the beginnings of their careers and when they were experiencing a good deal of success. The rest of the cast is top-notch. The story is very interesting and effective, though I found the film a bit uneven and slow.


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